The beginning of electrification has reached German performance vehicles, specifically Mercedes-AMG, with the introduction of the E Performance last month. This is the future of the GT 4 door and the C-Class, and frankly, the technology is complicated to the point that our managing editor had to tell a long story to cover every detail. Even more, the guys at Affalterbach had to release an explanatory video in an attempt to shed light on their new E Performance hybrid driveline setup.
But there is an Easter egg that did not come with the release but discussed in the video embedded on top of this page.
Around. At 12:17, Jochen mentioned that the E Performance software was developed to enable recreation during operation. This is due to the fact that the rear-mounted electric drive system, also known as the Electric Drive Unit (EDU), takes the load from the internal combustion engine under slippery conditions to brake, ergo and charge the batteries. It’s probably more complicated than how we summed it up here, but you get the gist.
For those who love numbers, the new AMG E Performance hybrid driveline is tied to the AMG GT 4-door this year. The combined system output is at 804 horsepower (600 kilowatts) and 738 pound-feet (1,001 Newton-meters) of torque thanks to the dual-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and EDU.
The setup allows for a 0-60 sprint in under three seconds for the hybrid AMG GT 4-door, faster than the current GT63 S Four-Doors 3.1 seconds.
The hybrid C-Class, on the other hand, does not get a V8, but receives the same turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder M139 unit found in the AMG A45 and CLA 45. The turbocharger is electric, however similar to one found in the AMG One hypercar, allowing for an increased output of 442 hp (330 kW).